HPCO Accreditation is an indicator of compliance with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s Standards for Visiting Hospice Services (2014).

Accreditation assures the delivery of consistent, high quality hospice palliative care among accredited programs and services located throughout the province.

HPCO Accreditation signifies to health professionals, the public,and funders that an organization, institution or program is in compliance with industry standards and has been recognized by HPCO based on a rigorous review of overall performance by industry peers. Accreditation also serves as an indicator of a VHS program’s commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

Organizations that provide Visiting Hospice Services (VHS) are encouraged to register to participate in HPCO‘s Accreditation Program. The abbreviated timeline below provides an overview of the Accreditation process. A detailed timeline provides step-by-step guidance for the Accreditation process.

Abbreviated Timeline

(based on timing for collection of evidence)
Registration deadline (VHS declares intent to participate in Accreditation program) Application deadline (HPCO assesses eligibility & preparedness of VHS organization) Submission deadline (VHS provides evidence of compliance to HPCO) Accreditation decision delivered in writing by HPCO Accreditation Review Panel)
Spring/Summer February 1 April 1 September 1 December 1
Fall/Winter August 1 October 1 March 1 June 1


For more information, please contact the Standards and Accreditation Coordinator at 416.304.1477  ext. 26

If you wish to learn more about HPCO’s Accreditation program, please complete a survey indicating your interest in participating in a 90 minute teleconference and online webinar. When a minimum number have indicated interest in the session, you will be contacted with the details required.

Accreditation – Register Now >

Detailed Accreditation Timeline >

Accreditation – Request for Continuation >

Accreditation – Fee Schedule 2016-2017 & 2018-2019 >